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Leeds United On Trial By David O'Leary

Leeds United On Trial
by David O'Leary

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The inside account of the season that transformed a youthful, inexperienced side into one of the most feared in Europe, in the process confirming their young manager as one of the brightest prospects of his generation.
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Leeds United On Trial: The Inside Story of an Astonishing Year by David O'Leary

The inside account of the season that transformed a youthful, inexperienced side into one of the most feared in Europe, in the process confirming their young manager as one of the brightest prospects of his generation. The 2000/2001 season was one of high drama both on and off the field: the trial of Lee Bowyer and Jonathan Woodgate dominated both headlines and players' thoughts alike; the #18 million signing of Rio Ferdinand broke the British transfer record; an incredible run of injuries to key players such as David Batty and Harry Kewell saw Leeds drop 20 points at home by Christmas and slump to 14th place in the table. But in Europe, O'Leary's young team had grown from boys to men. Leeds came through a group boasting Barcelona and AC Milan, and then one featuring Real Madrid and Lazio. And once O'Leary's side was restored to full strength, the team powered through the early months of 2001 towards their season's extraordinary climax: a high tension Premiership duel with Liverpool and a battle with Valencia for a place in the Champion's League final.

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As manager David O'Leary admits in his controversial chronicle of the 2000/01 campaign, Leeds United on Trial, whatever his talented young side achieved on the pitch was overshadowed by the ongoing criminal trials involving three of its brightest stars. On January 12, 2000, student Sarfraz Najeib was chased by a drunken mob through the streets of Leeds, cornered and brutally beaten. Leeds players Lee Bowyer and Jonathan Woodgate were accused of taking part in the attack, and team-mate Michael Duberry accused of subsequently attempting to pervert the course of justice. For the record, only Woodgate was convicted of a criminal offence (affray). - O'Leary's views on this unsavoury affair take up around a quarter of the book, the rest being dedicated to reviewing a quite extraordinary season for

The former Arsenal player describes how he had set himself square against what he perceived as the brutal, cynical style of Don Revie's Leeds heroes of the 1960s and early-70s, and sought to emulate the Keegan-era Newcastle side in becoming everyone's fav - But there is no escaping the trial, and while O'Leary is unstinting in his condemnation of his player s? behaviour, one conclusion that could be drawn

Alex Hankin, AMAZON.CO.UK REVIEW

About David O'Leary


David O'Leary was born in May 1958. As a player, he played 719 games for Arsenal as a centre-back - a club record - and made 68 appearances for the Republic of Ireland. In October 1998, he succeeded George Graham as manager of Leeds United, since when he has guided the club to the Champions League semi-finals and top of the Premiership.

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Leeds United On Trial: The Inside Story of an Astonishing Year by David O'Leary
David O'Leary
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Little, Brown & Company
2002-01-03
192
0316860654
9780316860659
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